E-safety tips for parents of pre-school children 0-5 Year Olds
81% of mothers have uploaded an image of their child under 2 to social media sites
- Put yourself in control
Make use of the parental controls available on your home broadband and any internet-enabled devices. You can find out how at your broadband provider’s website or by visiting internetmatters.org.
- Search safely
Use safe search engines such as kids-search.com (http://www.kids-search.com). Safe search settings can also be activated on Google and other search engines as well as YouTube. You can find out more at google.co.uk/safetycentre.
- Set boundaries
It’s never too early to start setting rules about when and for how long your child can use devices and start to introduce the subject of internet safety at the same time. Keep your computer in a communal area, keep other devices out of reach and use passwords so they can’t go online without asking you first.
- Explore together
Set your homepage to a child-friendly site such as CBeebies (http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies) and give them a user account which only allows access to sites you’ve chosen. Explore these different sites together.
- Help them learn through games
Games are a great way for young children to explore the internet and learn about the world around them. You can choose safe, fun and educational games free of charge from providers such as Fisher Price or about their favourite characters like Peppa Pig.
Children can now have a digital footprint before they learn to speak and often before they’re even born.
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